Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Amy’s Notebook 03.06.13

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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This paper flower garland made from paper napkins is beautiful and thrifty!  (@ ellinee)

I need to clean my cabinets with this 2-ingredient homemade kitchen gunk remover (@One Good Thing)

Here are ten more things to do with coconut oil- my own latest obsession!  (@ Love Stitched)

This sesame chicken recipe looks like a great way to save on takeout (@ Brown Eyed Baker)

I am in love with these little customized Instagram beanbags (@ lil blue boo)

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These robin’s eggs made from salt dough are a thrifty way to decorate your home for Spring (@ life {illustrated})

I love this tutorial for how to turn bi-fold doors into fancy french doors (@ 2 Little Superheroes)

My bathroom could use a deep cleaning and I love these tips for deep cleaning your bathroom (@ Clean & Scentsible)

These green velvet baked donuts would be a fun St. Patrick’s Day treat (@ Picky Palate)

I can’t wait to try making my own almond milk with this tutorial (@ a thousand words)

I love these fifteen washi tape projects to decorate a kid’s room (@ ohdeedoh)

These roasted vegetables with miso-lime dressing look divine (@ the kitchn)

I want to try this copycat Olive Garden dressing recipe (@ GoodLife Eats)

This chocolate mint skillet cookie looks like a fun dessert for the family (@ she wears many hats)

amys_notebook I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Amy’s Notebook 06.27.12

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

 

I love this idea for having an organized summer (@ i heart organizing)

I am making some of these reusable magnetic cups for our fridge (@ made)

This 4th of July wreath is so cute and a fun way to dress up a mantle (@ Landee See, Landee Do)

This marshmallow Kit Kat ice cream sounds divine (@ BruCrew Life)

I love these 11 tips for surviving air travel with kids (@ Frugal Mama)

These hand sewn books would be a cute summer craft to create (@ Design Mom)

I am bookmarking these 36 fun & free travel games for our next trip (@ Parentables)

I want to try this DIY antique mecury glass trick on some of my glass jars (@ 17 Apart)

I have to make these paint drip mason jars- they are stunning (@ it all started with paint)

I love these five ways to use hard boiled eggs (@ The Happiest Mom)

I am bookmarking these six must-know lipstick tricks (@ Say Yes to Hoboken)

These fruity sangria pops look like a fun summer grown-up treat (@ The Gourmand Mom)

Amy’s Notebook 05.30.12

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

I am madly in love with this watercolor cake bunting (@ Studio DIY)

This hand print tree would be a cute gift for Father’s Day (@ The Crafting Chicks)

This idea for restyling your router is absolutely adorable! (@ anamu)

I am inspired to try to create my own DIY mint jeans (@ Love Stitched)

This sewing tip for preventing knit fabrics from wavy seams is so smart (@ Me Sew Crazy)

These funfetti cookies look like a fun treat (@ Tasty Kitchen)

I am in love with this maze of birthday streamers for celebrating birthdays in a fun way (@ Dine & Dish)

I want to try this tzatziki potato salad for a fun new summer side (@ Smitten Kitchen)

This summer spaghetti looks like a delicious & healthy weeknight meal (@ Little Miss Momma)

I love this tip for extending the life of your manicure with glitter tips (@ chic steals)

This pop of sunshine on the foyer wall makes my heart happy (@ a pop of pretty)

I am inspired to make a few of my own DIY canvas prints (@ How Does She?)

My kids would love making these American flag marshmallow pops (@ Living Locurto)

These strawberry wine coolers look like a refreshing drink for the summer (@ Annie’s Eats)

I want to try this Oreo Hot Fudge for sundae topping this summer (@ the kitchn)

 

 

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Teacher School Supplies Cake

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Hip, Hip, Hooray for amazing teachers! Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching (May 7-11), and it is time to begin thinking of some fun ways to shower your favorite teachers with some appreciation. What says I appreciate you more than a school supplies cake to replenish their school supplies?

Every single day, I count my blessings for the amazing school and the teachers that are in my kid’s lives. We wanted to show our teachers just how much we appreciate them with a special gift this year. Today I wanted to show you how to make a school supplies cake for your favorite teacher. The best part about this is that this project can be accommodated to your own budget. You can stock up on cute fillers at the dollars store, you can add tiers to the ceiling OR you can keep it simple with just a couple of layers. Whatever you budget, this project can fit with this easy craft.

Supplies Needed (if you are replicating my cake):

1 square of sturdy cardboard (I used an old box)
Wrapping Paper
Sterlite 5.5 Quart Clear Storage Container
4 White Glues
2 boxes of 48 count crayons
6 glue sticks
48 No. 2 Pencils (two boxes)
1 package of ballpoint pens (any variety)
1 Ruler
1 square box of tissues
50 count tub of markers (I got the Crayola Pip-Squeaks Telescoping Tower)
Packing Tape
Regular Tape
A picture of your child
A Skewer
Rubber Bands
3 yards of ribbon (I used the Offray Polka Dot Red Ribbon)
Scissors

To begin, we are going to cover our recycled cardboard base with your favorite color of gift wrap.

In the center of your base, securing with tape as you go, stack two glues on each side of your Kleenex square. (Side note: if you see the glue standing up in subsequent pictures, just know that I quickly realized that they needed to be flat for the base to be flush with the cardboard base. This is the right way to do it.)

Slide your plastic container over your glue and tissue paper. This should all fit together really tightly. You can secure your storage container to the cardboard base with more packing tape.

Next, using more packing tape, add your tube of markers on top. I taped the lid on the markers to make sure that everything stayed secure.

Next up, we will add our two boxes of crayons. I secured these on top of the markers with more packing tape.

On each side of your crayon layer, add three glue sticks. I stuck these on with a little regular tape or you can use double-stick tape for this one.

Bundle your pencils up into two bundles of 24 pencils. Wrap each bundle with rubber bands. Slip your ruler between the two boxes of crayons and secure the ruler with tape on the inside of the two boxes. Add each bundle of crayons on each side of the ruler and then secure with masking tape.

With a little tape, add a little package of ballpoint pens to the front of your storage container.

Wrap your layer of pencils, your layer of crayons, and your storage container base in ribbon, with a simple double knot.

For the final touch, add a cute picture of your child with a message to their teacher. I did this in Picnik and it breaks my heart to hear that they will be closing their doors for photo editing. I found that PicMonkey is a great place to upload your photo and add text very quickly and easily. You can choose from a variety of fonts and colors.

Save your image once you have finished it. If you have a photo printer, you can print these out at home. I printed mine on 4×6 Kodak paper with my photo printer. If you don’t have a photo printer, Walmart offers one hour prints (for a 4×6) for $.09.  With a little tape on the back of your image, secure it to a simple skewer and then tuck it in and tape it to your ruler.

I couldn’t resist adding a sweet treat just for our teachers. I am working on making these Easy Felt Fabric Brooches for each of them as a fun little surprise. I can’t wait to make these in a few other colors and I know they will be the perfect accessory to their jackets this year!

Looking for more great teacher gift ideas? Look no further! Here is a round-up of my favorite gifts to give to the amazing teachers in our lives.

1. Raise Your Hand If You Mustache a Question Printable & Mustache Mug

2. Rolled Rosette Pins

3. Light & Fluffy Baked Cake Donuts

4. No-Slip Bookmarks

5. Oatmeal Cookies & Milk Bath Soak

6. Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Brownies

7. Easy Felt Fabric Brooches

8. Light Snickerdoodle Biscotti

9. Rolled Rosette Ribbon Rings

10. Fabric Flower Pins

11. Oreo Cookie Biscotti

12. Honey Nut Granola

What gifts do you have up your sleeve for you teachers this year? What gift has been the biggest hit? I would love to hear your ideas!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Amy’s Notebook 04.04.12

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Welcome to my little notebook of ideas to help improve your life. This is a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. I hope you will enjoy this weekly does of loveliness with beautiful links that are individually handpicked just for you!

I am going to have to try this tip for getting rid of hot glue strings on my craft projects (@ craftaholics anonymous)

I adore this giant yo-yo garland (@ Salty Pineapple)

I want to try this recipe for easy chicken nuggets (@ weelicious)

This spiraled yarn circle garland would be a cute addition to my Spring decor (@ Two Shades of Pink)

These Peeps cake pops are adorable (@ i am baker)

This salted caramel Easter popcorn looks divine (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

These pom pom fringe drink toppers would be a cute addition to a party (@ Daily Mixer)

I love this tutorial for turning your purse into a camera bag (@ Make It & Love It)

I love this tufted ottoman made from a drop cloth (@ from gardeners two bergers)